Beckenhorst PressBP1617, SATB, $2.10 This anthem has everything you like to see in an arrangement of this much-loved hymn: a shuffle-feel rhythm, soulful voice parts with a touch of blues, and a relaxed, but highly rhythmic piano accompaniment that your pianist will love! Hayes sets this familiar tune with a gospel feel that perfectly fits the shape of the well-known melody. The first verse and chorus are “hymnal-style” voicing, with added black-gospel articulations and stylings. Unison ladies have the second verse melody supported by 3-part men in an echo format; the guys then take the melody on Verse 3 with an SSA backup. Two modulations and an improvisational-style exgtension of the last phrase of the chorus, featuring independent lines for each voice part, help build the piece to an “all-stops-out” finish. You can be sure that there will be much swaying and handclapping throughout – by both the choir and the congregation! Moderately difficult due to 6-part divisi; suitable for any service.
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